Reinforcements on the horizon: Danish fighter jets could secure Ukraine’s skies in 2024

The initiation of delivery of F-16 fighter jets from Denmark to Ukraine could take place as early as the first quarter of 2024. During a meeting of the international contact group set up to coordinate weapons support for Ukraine in Brussels, Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen on Wednesday expressed the plan to provide the first airmen in March or April. However, the handover still depends on various aspects, including the training of the pilots. “There is still a lot to do,” emphasized Lund, emphasizing that the Ukrainians must ensure safe handling and maintenance of the machines.

More than 50 aircraft under discussion

Promises regarding the delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine have already come from the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway. According to current knowledge, the number of aircraft made available will be over 50. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj recently requested a total of 160 of these fighter jets in order to regain his country’s air sovereignty. Belgium also announced on Wednesday that it would deliver fighter jets to Ukraine. Furthermore, several nations are involved in training Ukrainian aircraft pilots.

Zelensky’s unexpected visit to Brussels

On Wednesday Zelenskyj made an unexpected visit to Brussels for discussion purposes. First he took part in the meeting of the so-called Ramstein Group at NATO headquarters, which was set up to coordinate arms deliveries. A meeting of the F-16 coalition was also announced.

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